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One Team Government

29th June 2017

Policymakers Designers Doers

About One Team Gov


One Team Government brings together UK policymakers, service designers, digital professionals and cross-sector experts to talk openly and creatively about making government in the UK more effective by working together.

We call this 'one team government'. It’s the idea that by bringing teams together to work in a truly multidisciplinary way, we can:

  • offer better services to the public
  • give better advice to ministers
  • make the civil service more effective and efficient

The event is jointly sponsored by the Civil Service digital and policy professions. It’s being run by a cross-disciplinary team of policy and digital professionals from many departments, who were inspired by this blog post by a senior policy advisor on bringing policy and delivery closer together.

The event also has the backing of Jeremy Heywood as part of his vision of a Brilliant Civil Service.

Why are we doing this?

The civil service is united by its values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality, but different professions are still divided in their skill sets and ways of working.

We want to bring together professionals who don't currently work seamlessly, to share and create specific ideas about how to work better together. Policy making and digital are our starting points but we’re not limited to these and welcome professionals from across government.

Our aim is to:

  • introduce different professions to one another's ways of working and increase the empathy between them
  • share real, practical case studies of multidisciplinary working and celebrate its benefits
  • talk about what holds back one team working and create new ideas of how we can work better together
  • hear from teams that are making it work, both inside and outside government

On the day

The event is an unconference

This means there is no pre-set agenda; attendees will create the agenda themselves on the day, through a series of pitches made at the beginning. Clare Moriarty, the Permanent Secretary at Defra, has blogged about the joys of unconferencing.

There will be 5 time slots through the day, with 6 parallel sessions run in each time slot. Attendees are free to go to whichever sessions they're most interested in. They're likely to be a mixture of case studies, open discussions and workshops.

I've never been to an unconference before - how do I know what subjects to expect or pitch?

We know some people might be unfamiliar with the unconference approach. So, to give you a flavour of the day, we've done a bit of research into the sessions people would like to either pitch or hear.

The most popular ideas were:

  • creating the right team structure for a ‘one team’ approach
  • how to advise ministers when you're working iteratively
  • what is policy making? what is digital? what is service design?
  • how to 'do governance' better
  • how we build cross-profession networks so we all get better together
  • bringing policy making, digital and delivery into an end to end approach
  • who is doing 'the agile thing' at scale, and how?
  • practical ways of bringing policy and delivery together

The list is just a sample. On the day people might pitch all or none of those ideas - it’s up to everyone attending to decide what’s most important to them.

Where and when

29th June 2017


Photograph of the building
Photograph of the building's entrance


Impact Hub Westminster, 1st Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TE

Open location in GoogleMaps (this will open a new window)


Time Activity
09:00 Doors open
09:30 Welcome
09:45 Keynote (with Clare Moriarty)
10:15 Pitching
11:00 First session
12:00 Second session
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Third session
14:30 Fourth session
15:30 Fifth session
16:30 Close


Beatrice Andrews


I work in the Policy Lab, a small unit in Cabinet Office that helps civil servants use design, data and digital approaches in their policy-making. I’m a policy-maker who’s learnt design through doing: leading projects with DfE, Defra, MoJ amongst others. I’m constantly in awe of those I work with: the civil servants who know absolutely everything about their policy areas; the designers who turn abstract concepts into real things; the film ethnographers who communicate the reality of people’s lives so brilliantly.

David Buck


Since 2004 I have worked in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Data and Digital Programmes. Before that I worked on Sports Policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Kit Collingwood-Richardson


I work for the Universal Credit programme at the Department for Work and Pensions, focusing on data. Before that I was at the Ministry of Justice from 2009-2016. I’ve been in digital government since 2012, and before that I was a policy maker. I am passionate about government reform in its widest sense, as well as the transformative power of technology, and about equality and diversity.

David Durant


I work for the Government Digital Service as a business analyst. I spent years hanging around the edges of Young Rewired State, mySociety, the Open Rights Group, Citizen Beta et al. I’m interested in data (especially personal data stores), kids learning to code, better democratic participation using digital, and the impact on everything of ‘conversation UI’ (Amazon Alexa, Google Now, etc).

Audree Fletcher


I work at Barnardo’s as Head of Service Design. Before that I was Director of Design for the Department for International Trade and, before that, Digital Director for the same. I’ve only been in the digital/service design space since 2013 - I was a policymaker for a decade until I decided that I wanted a career at the intersection of digital, user-centred design and open policymaking.

James Reeve


I’m a husband, father and chemist, and also a policy advisor at the Department for Education. While I’m a scientist by training, I’ve adopted policymaking in the civil service - though I still haven’t worked out what ‘policymaking’ really is. I've never done this before (though I can code badly) and the apprenticeship service is my first foray into making government services better.

Jenny Huynh


I am a Digital and Technology fast streamer, currently working at the Department for Work and Pensions as a business analyst. Previous to that, I was a Performance Analyst at the Home Office, and in a past life, I worked in the City as a tech recruiter. I am interested in seeing how policy making actually works in real life (my only knowledge is from a public policy module at university!), and how policy and technology can work better together to provide better services to citizens.

Cassie Robinson


I'm Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone. I’m also Co-founder of the Point People and Tech For Good Global, and founder of the Civic Shop. Before Doteveryone I spent 15 years as a strategic designer in public services and civic innovation, with organisations like Participle, thinkpublic, Government Digital Service and the Co-op. I’m particularly interested in programmes like Systems Changers, where insights from frontline workers could inform policy in real-time.

Paul Maltby


I’m Director of Data Projects in the Department for Communities and Local Government. I was previously Director of Data in the Government Digital Service, where I led the cross-government agenda for a new generation of data policy, infrastructure and capabilities. I’ve been Director for Government Innovation in the Cabinet Office, responsible for open data, policy reform and the new design-led Policy Lab. I’m a long-time government service reformer and began in government at the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office.

Paul Smith


I'm a senior front-end developer for the User Experience directorate at The Department for Work & Pensions. I'm interested in open data, civic technology and building user centred design systems. Previously of The BBC and various digital organisations across Europe and the US.

Lorena Sutherland


I’m a content designer. I help make web services clear and simple so the people using them can meet their goals. I’ve led content teams at the Ministry of Justice, Department for Education and others, and I've worked at the Government Digital Service. My distant past includes policy and law reform for the New Zealand Justice Department.

Tracey Williams Allred


I have been in government for 7 years in lots of different roles including policy, finance and operational management. I started working in digital in 2011 doing social media marketing for the Fast Stream, and since then I've worked in GDS and Ministry of Justice​ Digital. I am now a policy maker in Ministry of Justice, bringing digital ways of working into policy teams.


We are very grateful to our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to stage this event. Their support and commitment to the aims of One Team Government: Better Together means a lot.

If your department or government agency could also sponsor the event, please get in touch.

  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • The Government Digital Service
  • Cabinet Office
  • Barnardo's


The best way to contact us is by email

We are also tweeting from @oneteamgov with the hashtag: #oneteamgov

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